When any former player, current player or even future player one day looks back and thinks about who the legends of the game are, there will always be one man that tops the list and that is a certain grandfather of poker called Doyle ”Texas Dolly” Brunson.
Brunson was born back in 1933 and was playing poker long before the World Series Of Poker had even been established in 1970. He was part of a group of friends that became rounder’s and went from casino to casino gambling professionally. That group included other legendary names in the industry, such as Amarillo Slim, Johnny Moss and Sailor Roberts.
Once the WSOP had been established in 1970 he would attend it every year until he finally won his first two bracelets at the in 1976, one of them being the WSOP Main Event. The very next year he again won two events, again with the Main Event for the second time running. What sets his two consecutive Main Event wins apart were that they were both won with the 10-2 in his hand and creating full houses, prompting the 10-2 to now be called “The Brunson”.
He has won a total of ten WSOP bracelets and has recorded total career earnings of $2,945,053 from each of the 34 WSOP cashes.
He has also won a solitary World Poker Tour title when he took down the WPT Legends of Poker back in 2004 for which he brought in a payday of $1.1 million. That was his only WPT title thus far, but he has made a total of three final tables and cashed eight times.
Doyle Brunson is obviously recognised mainly for his success at the tables over the years and for the amount of work that he has put into helping to build poker into what it is today, but he is also extremely highly regarded because of the way he connects in a kind and friendly way with both his opponents and his millions of fans all across the globe.
Despite his age he is also a regular social media user, often airing his thoughts on a wide range of topics.
I have finally realized I’m getting old. But when you get a haircut and they ask if they can help you out the door….#comeonman
— Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) September 10, 2013